If you are the type that loves cutting your hair once in two weeks, those barber fees quickly add up. And if you have family members who also visit the barbing chair, you can be sure you will save a lot of money by learning to cut your own hair by yourself. This skill is quite easy to learn and will allow you have a haircut at any time you want – you don’t even have to make an appointment. You can also look good while going to that party as you no longer depend on your favorite barber being available to look your best.
If you are interested in learning how to cut your own hair with the aid of clippers, this guide will take you through all you need to know. You will not only become proficient at cutting your own hair, you can start cutting for your entire family. And if the day ever arrives that you need a little more money to buy your ticket home from that vacation you overspent at, maybe this skill will be a lifesaver.
You Should Have These On Hand Before You Can Do A Good Job
- Good hair clippers
- A pair of scissors
- Blade guides and guards
- A comb
- A spray bottle containing some water
- 2 mirrors (one standing, one hand-held)
- Hair trimmers (optional)
How Do I Choose A Haircut For My First Self-cut?
One thing that discourages many people from learning how to cut their own hair is the erroneous assumption that they will only be able to shave the hair. The truth is that most styles are not too intricate to cut by yourself once you learn the ropes. Even popular cuts such as the undercut, man bun, top knot, and fade can be done without much difficulty.
I will, however, have to say that to be able to do a good job you should go through a tutorial showing you how to cut a particular style by yourself. Whether you want to rock a Mohawk, crew cut, side part, or buzz cut, a tutorial will help you.
Another thing is to have someone to act as a spotter. A friend or partner will be able to guide you when you are working on the back of your head.
Cutting Your Hair: The Process
Before you start cutting, check the clipper to be sure that the battery is well charged and that the blade is sharp enough. Stand or sit in front of a big mirror. If you are using corded clippers, make sure you are close enough to the power outlet so you don’t get disturbed by the fuse end falling out of the socket.
Your hair will come out better if you cut it damp than when you do so dry or wet. Spritz a little water all over the hair using the spray bottle and rub it in. Since you are new to this, I will advise that you use longer settings than you believe you will need. There are two reasons why you should do this: the first is that it is quite easy to make a mistake but if a cut is too long, you can easily do it again. But you will not be able to make a too-short cut longer. The other reason is that if your hair is more of wet than damp, it will shrink by the time it dries. Only then will you notice that you have cut more than you meant to.
Cutting the top
For most hair styles, the top is where the hair is longest. You may need to use a pair of scissors and a comb if you are going for a long hair style. For this long style, use a clip to hold it in place once you are done so it does not disturb you while working on the other sections. If it is a buzz cut, all you will need is your clippers.
Cutting the sides
To do this, start at the bottom in front of your ears. Then work slowly upward, taking the clipper behind your ear. Note that whether your style involves a fade, a step, or an undercut, it should be reflected on the sides. Use lower number guards while working on the sides.
Cutting the back
This is where you need someone to assist you. Start at the bottom and using your free hand, place one or two fingers under the clipper blade. You should put your finger under the blade to avoid getting cut. If there is no one to guide you, take your time while working on this part. Once you are through with it, check with a mirror and cut it shorter if you are not yet satisfied.
Clean up your hairline
Although this is not compulsory, it will make your handwork neater. You can use a hair trimmer or clippers and a razor. Follow your natural hairline and clean it up. This is also the point at which you trim and/or style your facial hair and sideburns. Do make sure that both sides of your face are symmetrical so do it over if you have to.
Once you are done, it is time to get in the shower and have a wash. Bag up your hair clippings and dispose of them properly.
Cutting your own hair by yourself is like any other skill; you get better with time and practice. You will also get faster and more accurate and will no longer need someone to spot you (if you ever did). And the convenience and sense of accomplishment you will get will not make you go back to your barber’s. You can even keep what you would have paid for each cut in a piggy bank, just to see how much you have saved in the course of a year. Imagine being able to buy some Christmas gifts for your loved ones with the money!